daily dip

#DrawDaily #503: Dip pen octopus. Ink on watercolor paper, 8 x 8".

I found the pictured nib in my grandparent’s old house when we were cleaning it out a few years back. It was in a Meggezones tin with several other similar nibs. My Dad couldn’t quite remember, they were either his or my grandfather’s. I’d never really used dip pens before and I was amazed that the nibs fit my cheap Speedball holder and worked perfectly. These are the oldest art tools I own and I’m trying to be careful with them; I’d love to pass them on to the next generation.

Fine Art Sites,Database and Blogs (updating)


Each and every website/blog had a hyperlink before, but all of them disappeared since 7/15 owing to tumblr’s bug. Please search on tumblr to find the bloggers, and copy keywords to search for other websites. 

This is an ever-updating list, since tumblr doesn’t update reblogged post, please open the original link of this post to get the latest list

I’m a painting lover, though I’m a bad rookie at it. Impressionism, Renaissance, Pre-Raphaelites and Barbizon School are my favorite genres. I love a lot more, mainly focused on watercolor and oil painting. 

I would appreciate any related supplement  to this list ლ ( ◕  ᗜ  ◕ ) ლ. 

Thanks to all I mentioned in this post, for sharing inspiring art. 

Search Engines/Database:

Art cyclopedia: The Fine Art Search Engine http://www.artcyclopedia.com/

The Athenaeum http://www.the-athenaeum.org/

Web Gallery of Art, searchable fine arts image database

Paintings Art Gallery - Gallerix (support reverse search of painting) Advanced Search

Wikimedia Commons 

Artble: The Home of Passionate Art Lovers

Art Project - Google Arts & Culture

WikiArt.org - Visual Art Encyclopedia

Allart.biz - Artist - Web gallery of art

ヴァーチャル絵画館 西洋美術史=時代と様式解説 主題解説=ギリシャ神話・聖書の物語・文学・象徴

Art/Gallery Websites: 

Artstack-art online (collect artworks online)

Arcadia Art | The finest artworks throughout the world and the centuries. All images are in high definition.

Russian Fine Art  (FB)

Landscape Paintings | Landscape Oil Painting | Landscapes Art at Toperfect

Artchive | Gallery artists, artists social network online gallery of contemporary paintings  (Twitter)

my daily art display | A daily dip into the world of art  

Inspirational Artworks: LINKS

Pixelle.co -

Ambleside Gallery

Heritage Gallery West  

Art Gallery | S.R. Brennen Galleries 

Let’s Paint Nature! | Hiking & Painting in Nature – Chicago

Realist Art Resource (FB: Realist Art Resource)

The Artist’s Road

Kai Fine Art  (Twitter: @Kaifineart )

Tatha Gallery (Facebook)

Mountain Galleries at the Fairmont (Twitter: @MntGalleries)

Insight Gallery Fredericksburg (Facebook)

Portraits Inc.–representing the world’s best portrait artists (Facebook)

Art TV–Youtube

Astoria Fine Art Gallery in Jackson Hole,USA

Dick Idol Gallery - Located in downtown Whitefish, Montana,USA

Painting Tutorials: 

Watercolor Painting Made Easy: Lessons, Techniques & More



Fine Art Tips Facebook  

Zimou Tan

Art Pro

Jay Lee Watercolor Painting

Wei Taillandier

Personal Websites of Artists:

Claude Monet biography and paintings in high definition art-Monet.com

Vincent Willem van Gogh biography and paintings in high definition - art-vanGogh.com

Alfredo Rodriguez Paintings

Rovina Cai Illustration Tumblr: @rovinacai

Yaphleen Illustration Tumblr: @yaphleen

Claire Basler Floral Painting (FB: Claire Basler)

Sergey Zhiboedov Watercolor

Anne StahlContemporary, abstract paintings by artist Anne Stahl

Polina Yakovleva Illustration

Becky Joy Fine Art - Impressionist Oil Landscape Paintings http://www.paintingworkshopsonline.com/ (Twitter: @beckyjoyartist)

Nick Andrew Oil Paintings (Twitter: @NickAndrewArt )

Kieron Williamson Oil Paintings (Twitter:  @krwartist)

@serge-marshennikov Oil Paintings

Anatoly Korobkin and Diana Korobkina Oil Paintings

@qinni Watercolor (Youtube channel)

Ann Oram Oil Painting (Twitter:  @Ann_Oram)

Anna Armona Watercolor

Sandra L. Strohschein Watercolor (Facebook)

Sung Ho Lee Watercolor (Facebook)

@wratshit Illustration

Kanta Harusaki Watercolor (Facebook)

Linda Wilder Oil Painting (Facebook, Artstack)

Iris Grace Watercolor (Facebook)

Robert Hagan Oil Painting (FB)

@artbylouiseterrier Illustration Website

Donna Young Oil Painting (FB)

Oleg Kozak Watercolor 

Daniel Gerhartz - Oil Paintings and Portraits (FB) 

Vitaly Stroinov Oil Painting (FB)

D. Eleinne Basa Oil Painting (FB)

Katy Lipscomb Illustration (FB)

Richard Musgrave-Evans Oil Painting (FB)

Yoann Lossel Gold Leaf Painting  @yoannlossel (Youtube)

Simon Leonidovitch Kozhin Oil Painting (FB)

Phatcharaphan Chanthep Watercolor and Oil Painting

Jane Hunt Oil Painting (FB)

Robert W. Cook Watercolor (FB)

Pol Ledent (French artist) Oil Painting

Ahad Vatani (Iranian artist) Watercolor

Malgorzata Szczecinska Watercolor (FB)

David Joaquin native American Art (FB)

Pam Herrick prophetic art (FB)

Zheng Liang Feng(冯正梁) Watercolor (FB)

Painting&Other Inspirational Blogs:

♦ Painting, Sculpture

Fine Art Blogger  

ARTECULTURA | Revista Virtual de Artes, com ênfase na pintura do século XIX

Tutt'Art@ | Pittura * Scultura * Poesia * Musica  ; Masterpiece of Art (Twitter: @MariaLaterza)

ART BLOG MarkovArt | The Art blog about the Old Masters and Contemporary Artists

Konstatin Sterkhov: Art Of Watercolor

@rainlullaby99 (scroll down and find more blogger)



@topofartcom website 




@art-of-eons (the-esoteric-arts)


@kaiganoshoujo (Twitter:  甘美な少女の絵画bot)































































































































♦ Nature Photography

















@elvenforestworld (Vk group: Elven Forest)
































































@thearcheresspictures (archeress)





♦ Crystals





rookie managers after johnny escapes the sm building

pd 1: hey where that one guy whos been down here for like 20 years??

pd 2: jimmy? idk i thought he went to the bathroom

pd 1: yeah, him. he owes us $287373728382 in trainee fees. find this jeremy immediately

pd 2: ok…but i couldve sworn i saw him in the basement a couple months ago

pd 1: he was with that harold kid right? and the other one yoda

pd 2: yeah i thinks o

pd 1: ask them where he went. actually that twelve guy might kno somethinf too. anyways taeyong, jaehyun, doyoung, twelve, and martin have some v important activities to attend to

Worth Staying For

Dean and Castiel park the impala by a lakeside because Claire needs to pee. The silly circumstance proves to be a blessing in disguise when the time alone opens a new chapter for both men. 
~ Inspired by Dean’s confession in 10x16 and Jensen and Misha’s sunset photos from the set of 10x20. Set during episode 20 - Angel Heart. ~

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I meant to write something else last night and then I accidentally a soulmate AU??? I normally can’t get behind soulmate AUs; they feel too definite, too easy, and then in CP especially, how do you solve the problem of Kent Parson??? But as it turns out, if you muddy up the waters some and add in a bit of Jung, I’m set.

Content warning: This fic deals with Jack when he was 19 and very depressed, and his thoughts/opinions/feelings are presented as fact by the narration, when they’re actually very distorted views of reality; mentions of suicide, drug use, and sexual assault.

True dreams about your soulmate are very rare, they said in Jack’s sex ed class.  Most people have only had between five and ten by the time they reach adulthood.   “But I always dreamed about skating,” his mother said once, leaning into Jack’s father like the world’s sturdiest support.  “My sister said I skated in my sleep at least once a week.  And your father kept dreaming about palm trees. Sometimes it’s just that strong.”

But it might actually be even rarer than that.  He’s used the library in this treatment centre’s dayroom, which is well-stocked with self-help books about psychology, and looked it up.  The truth is, it’s really hard to know, because most dreams are just dreams, made-up mush of imagination and daily life, hardly dipping at all into the collective unconscious.  And–the words burned through him–it was hard to tell since memories could change, and a lot of true dreams were only recognized after the dreamer met the person they were about, so it was easy to persuade yourself almost anything had been, in hindsight, a sign pointing you to them.

It feels like his entire life, Jack has dreamed about silver skates carving a circle into blue-white ice.  But that has never helped him narrow anything down.

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More Tina Goldstein Headcannon

·         Tina is fascinated with no-mag areoplanes.  During the war she followed all the flying aces, and thought long and hard about learning to fly a no-mag plane.  She followed Amelia Earhart’s career with great interest, and did earn a no-mag pilot’s license in the 30’s.  (The first time Newt took her dragon flying Tina felt free in a way she never knew was possible.  Newt fell a little more in love that day.)

·         Tina is particularly skilled in charms and hexes, and occulemency, of course.  Still it is her deep understanding of the MCUSA’s labyrinthine legal system that first piqued Madam Picquery’s interest. Picquery had started to put paperwork  in motion to have Goldstein attached to her persona lauror detail, but after Tina’s fall from grace she let the matter drop.

·         Tina didn’t get all of her memories back from the failed execution.  The recent thoughts, memories of Credence and Queenie and her time at the Ministry, that all came back within a few hours.  But the older memories, memories of her mother, her childhood, the soft weight of the quilt Bubbe had sewn by candlelight- that had all become very dim and far away.  She kept this to herself, no need to grumble when she’d walked (lept) out alive. But it did make her patronus very weak. Not that it had been very strong to begin with, but now, even summoning a mist was difficult.  All of this is to say, after an attack from a rouge band of dementors left her up-chucking in an alley like an absolute greenhorn Newt felt the need to needle her about the need to strengthen the charm.  Tina nodded, her head pounding, too tired and sweaty to argue or explain.  After forcing Tina to down a cup of coca and being tucking her into bed Queenie had to have her first argument with Newt -You’re an insensitive lout Mr. Scamander.  I expected better of you-  It’s weeks before Newt feels that he’s properly apologized

·         Newt has overheard several things about the Goldstein sisters.  Mostly because a lot of people don’t always notice him.  There have been a few things that have left him blushing- That doll’s a bearcat, the vamps a looker, those gams- on Queenie’s behalf.  It’s when he hears these men speaking of Tina- the cold fish? Mrs. Grundy, the milquetoast- that Newt doesn’t understand.  Do they not see how brave and smart and kind she is? Do they not see her pale, soft skin and her thick, dark hair? Do they have eyes?

·         At fifteen Tina worked for Soothsayer’s Times, a New York daily.  Dipping the typeset in potion was time consuming, but she followed the crime stories closely.  Graves was impressed with her knowledge of New York’s magical underground when she had her first interview.

·         Before her demotion Tina had a wide web of contacts.  When she moved to the wand department Auror Almonte offered to take over her informants.  Once Almonte referred to them as her “snitches” Tina vowed to keep their names secret. (Once it became clear that Gnarlack double crossed Goldstein he found himself shut out of a lot deals.  There was honor amongst thieves after all, a Goldstein had never turned on anyone that had earned her protection.)

Life's a Beach

Something for the freezerburn future AU with skiretehfox. This is how Weiss and Yang get engaged.

They look pretty much like they do here.

I’m working on other one shots for this and other AUs so keep posted or send me an ask if you have anything you wanna see. 

Warnings: Violence, puns and sexual references.

1986 words

The Death Stalker writhed beneath her as Yang fired punch after blazing punch at the stinger until she felt it loosen. The ice surrounding the beast began to crack but it wouldn’t be alive for much longer. With a roar Yang ripped the stinger off and dropped in onto the hard exoskeleton, leaving it lodged there as she called out to her girlfriend.

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Tis the Season to get Witchy

Something about fall, pushing into winter always makes me want to cast. More than usual that is. In this time of cold, and darkness, with the absence of harvests, and no proper weather to plant for several months, I think about what it is I want to bring to my home and life. 


Warmth is a big one for me. I hate the cold, and I get cold easily. I bundle up in sweaters, fuzzy socks, and blankets starting in October, and you can usually find me under a growing pile of comforters and afghans until mid-March. I’ve always got a pot of water set to boil once the daily temperature dips under fifty degrees Americana (aka Fahrenheit, but since we’re just about the only country to still use said measuring system, it’s a bit of a joke I have to call it degrees Americana). I start looking for ways to bring warmth into my life magically, which can be a bit challenging for me since I don’t connect to the element of fire at all, so there often feels like something is missing when I just try to welcome the elementals into my hearth. So I look at what warmth is for me in the winter season. It’s family. It’s friends. It’s love and lust, and trust, and long conversations, and laughter filling up every corner of the house. So here are some important items for my warmth oriented witchcraft in the colder months:

  • cinnamon–not only is it a warming spice, but cinnamon is my go to protection herb, and feeling safe is important for me
  • apples–baked apples, apple cider, warm apple sauce, and apple pies. Apples mean prosperity and love for me. 
  • vanilla–vanilla is traditionally used for love and lust. It’s a subtle flavor though, it lends something delicate to dishes, and creates a lasting impression


Winter is the darkest time of the year. The days are short, the nights are long, and it can feel like shadows linger everywhere. I live where there’s too much light pollution to see many stars at night, and in the busy winter nights, I tend to forget to stop and appreciate the light held within the night. Light also symbolizes guidance though. While other times I may feel light-hearted, carefree and unbound…I find myself feeling lost more often than not around this time of year. That’s why there are some important symbols I use to help bring light and direction to my house:

  • candles–be they real or electric, a candle or lantern has a lot of meaning for me, as a beacon, and as a literal source of light.
  • stars–I like to bring in start symbolism, because it’s nice to remind myself of the light in the dark, even when I can’t see it. The other reason I like star shaped items, is I know how to find my way at night by stars, and it’s an important lesson for me to remember: when I’m lost and can’t see the light, just wait, let my eyes adjust, and then when I can see the stars, find my way again.
  • compasses–items referencing the cardinal directions help me to remember that just because I’m turned around, doesn’t mean the world has changed. North is still north, I just need to remember which way I’m going.


Winter is a harsh time. There’s little planting and growing going on in the winter, as nature goes dormant. It’s nice then to do little things to bring bounty to your home. So, things that have a strong tie to prosperity for me:

  • fish bones–fish represent prosperity for me, they’re a bit of a treat, and something that tends to get dressed up to feel “fancy” at my house when we cook, even cheap fish. I’ll save a few bones to bring prosperity into my home
  • bread– bread, especially the rising kind, rather than flat bread, means prosperity and gain for me. I leave bread to rise, and double in size normally. That’s pretty symbolic of growth and gain in my book.
  • coins–this one is pretty obvious, but coins for prosperity.